Faithful Servant

Genesis 24:59-67

59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her,

“Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies.” 61 Then Rebekah and her attendants got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.

62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?” “He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.

66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

RSVP

RSVP (répondez s’il vous plait) is French term for ‘please reply’. RSVP or to reply to an invitation, it’s proper to wear the required attire for the banquet.

Somewhere in the northern region of the Philippines, when there’s special occasion like wedding, everyone assumes to be part of it. Everyone is welcomed. Everyone is invited. There’s no formal notice, no RSVP card given.

Such cultural expectation has influenced the practice of Christianity in that area. When they attend church, they assume that they are believers. They are misled and innocently assumed that attending a church makes them Christian.

As we grow in our knowledge of Christ, we can determine if we are true believers or just assume to be Christians. Do you think you are genuine believer?

Jesus said in Mathew 22:14, 14Many are invited, but few are chosen.

Have you been invited to the Wedding of the Lamb of God? Have you replied? Are you prepared for the proper attire for the Wedding of the Lamb?

At Grand Welcome Celebration in heaven on Resurrection Day, believers will meet their Savior, the Lamb of God. In the Bible, it is called the Wedding Supper of the Lamb of God. God invites everyone to attend the Wedding Feast of the Lamb of God. But everyone who attends should wear the proper attire.

To accept Christ as Lord and Savior is to accept the invitation to attend the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb of God. To accept an invitation, one agrees with the requirement to attend. What’s the attire to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb?

The Lord Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. When the banquet started, the king came.

It says in Matthew 22:11-13, 11When the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

It is not because people innocently claim to be Christians that they have accepted God’s invitation to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Genuine believers wear proper attire for the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb of God. What is it?

It says in Revelation 19:7-8, 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people. 9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

Believing in Christ is practically exhibited in a lifestyle of righteousness. Such righteous acts will be the outfit of believers who replied to God’s invitation.

When the Lord Jesus warned in Matthew 6:33, 33Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,” He gave an open invitation for us to let God reigns in our hearts. As result, living in God’s righteousness proves that we let Him reign in us.

When Abraham’s servant invited Rebekah to Canaan, she agreed and affirmed it when she joined the servant and travelled together to Canaan.

1. Rebekah

59So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you increase to thousands upon thousands; may your offspring possess the cities of their enemies.” 61Then Rebekah and her attendants got ready and mounted the camels and went back with the man. So the servant took Rebekah and left.

That may have been a very strange situation both for Rebekah and her family. It was her first time to be separated from her family. They had no idea if they would see each other again. Her siblings wished her the best of everything. They gave her their blessing to travel to the Promised Land. Such gesture proved that they were willing to give their sister away. Did God give them willingness?

Rebekah’s journey to the land of Canaan represents believers’ journey to the kingdom of God by faith. By faith, Rebekah went to Canaan even though she may never traveled that far before. She trusted the testimony of the servant and accepted the challenge to be married to someone she never met before.

Rebekah and her attendants did not travel on their own. They travelled together with Abraham’s servants to Canaan. Such is a picture of our spiritual pilgrimage as a church. No believer should travel spiritually alone and hope to reach heaven. We need each other to encourage one another.

By faith, we believed and trusted the word of God preached to us. The servant of Abraham represents preachers and teachers who proclaim God’s invitation. Those who respond, believe and follow the life principles taught by our Master Teacher Jesus Christ are traveling spiritually in this world by faith.

Are we there yet?

Parents: When you go long-driving, did you children behave? In the movie, “Are we there yet?” the main character went long-driving to bring two children to meet their mother in Canada. Along the way, kept asking, “Are we there yet?”

When Rebekah traveled with the servants of Abraham to Canaan, it may have taken them many days on the road. Did she ever ask, “Are we there yet?” Maybe yes! Maybe not! Their conversation or what happened along the way was not even mentioned. The story stated that she left home, and then she met Isaac.

Does it imply that God was not interested in letting us know what they did or say during their travel? Does God has interest in our spiritual pilgrimage—how we live our life as we wait for the time when He takes us to His heaven?

Believers are pilgrims. A ‘Pilgrim’ is a person who travels some distance to reach the sacred destination as an exhibit of religious devotion.

Our spiritual pilgrimage is our spiritual journey in this world as we practice godly righteousness while waiting for the time for Christ takes us to His heaven. Spiritual journey is like long driving in a valley, in a long straight highway. Most often, it’s boring. Some are bored spiritually and want to ask, “Are we there yet?”

Living in righteousness for an extended period is like driving in a lengthy and straight highway without accident. It can be tiring. Is it worth sacrificing for?

We need joy from the Lord. He declared in Matthew 19:29, 29Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 

Christ didn’t specify what to receive. Precious treasure and love ones that we left behind just to follow Him and live the lifestyle He teaches, He makes sure that we receive them a hundred times as much including eternal life. Hundred times symbolizes perfection and complete satisfaction of His reward or blessing.

Isaac was worth more than brothers and family that Rebekah left behind. Rebekah never returned to her parents’ home after she married Isaac. Rebekah did not yearn to be back to her family. Isaac must have been the joy of her heart.

2. Isaac

62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?” “He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.

Beer Lahai Roi was less than 100 kilometers south from Beersheba. Before his servant went to get a wife for Isaac, Abraham was living in Beersheba. Isaac might have been expecting their arrival when he approached the caravan.

Before she came face to face with Isaac, Rebekah covered her face with veil. Such gesture may have been a cultural practice of modesty among women at that time. At wedding, brides have veil over their face. What’s the significance of veil in our life as Christian? Do we have to cover ourselves with veil?

Paul teaches in 2 Corinthians 3:15-18, 15Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Veil covers the real feature of the face. When Moses came face to face with God his face glowed brightly. When the glow was fading, Moses covered his face with veil. The veil became a superficial appearance of reality of his face.

The veil symbolizes legalistic righteousness. Legalistic righteousness is doing what God’s law requires to avoid punishment. There’s no enthusiasm in doing it. It’s like hating taxes but has to pay taxes to avoid consequences.

Legalistic righteousness pressures us to give God’s tithes grudgingly. Yet, we can give His tithes cheerfully, not reluctantly, because God has removed the veil of legalistic righteousness, crucified it with Christ, and then transformed us into His image. By faith, we now have joyful willingness to obey Him. Amen?

It says in 1 John 3:2-3, 2We know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

We obey God joyfully when the Spirit of the obedient Son of God prevails in us. Joyful obedience practically proves purification into His likeness. Christ’s blood washed away our sins. And, His Spirit continues to make us pure like Him.

Wedding Preparation

Before the Wedding Ceremony, the bride needs some help to beautify herself in preparation for the occasion. Before she was presented to King Xerxes, Queen Esther was given some beauty treatment. It was recorded in Esther 2:12,

12 Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics. 

If you’re invited, will you attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan?

If earthly kings desire their bride to have beauty treatment before wedding, how much beauty treatment does the King of kings desire for His Bride? It says in Revelation 17:14, 14 The Lamb, he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.

Not everyone invited to the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb will be able to attend. Only those who are called, chosen and faithful followers can attend. Make sure you are not left behind. Make sure that Christ’s Spirit prevails in your heart.

Among the many servants of Abraham, the senior servant was chosen to get a wife for Isaac. The senior servant may have served Abraham the longest. Moreover, to be trusted for a delicate mission, he must have been trustworthy.

3. Servant

66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.

When the servant presented Rebekah and Isaac took her to be his wife, his mission was completed. It was not told if Abraham rewarded his servant but when Isaac was comforted, it implies satisfactory accomplishment. That itself has affirmed that the servant was really trustworthy and faithful.

When Isaac met them near Beer Lahai Roi, the servants and Rebekah may have been traveling to Beersheba where Abraham lived. The servant presented Rebekah to Isaac and did not ask his master Abraham for approval. Abraham’s approval was not very significant in the narrative, why? Was it because Isaac was already 40 years old when he married Rebekah?

The servant represents disciples making disciples. Disciples sharing the gospel to potential disciples are represented when the servant invited Rebekah to go to the Promised Land and become the wife of Isaac. When the servant presented Rebekah to Isaac, it represents faithful service to Christ our Master.

Paul desired faithful service for himself and his mission team. He said in Colossians 1:28, 28We proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.

Spiritual maturity is tested and measured by the toughness of challenges. The glory of champions is measured by the toughness of their opponents.

Winnipeg Jets

Do you think Winnipeg Jets will win the Stanley Cup? Professional players have to live a lifestyle that may enhance the way they play the game. They have to endure unending practice and rigorous training if they wish to be champions.

You may not aim to be champion or hate rigorous training. Nonetheless, learn to love athlete’s lifestyle. It’s beneficial to health. Paul compared the life of disciples to athletes in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27,  24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

As we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we are reminded that we’re mandated to proclaim the Lord’s death and resurrection until He comes. Christ expects us to make disciples while we wait for the Day of His return.

When Christ comes again, He will take us into His heaven. We will come face to face with our Master. Are you ready to receive your reward?

Christ our Lord compares that moment to a king who rewarded his servant in Matthew 25:23, 23His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Accepting Christ as Lord and Savior is infancy level in the spiritual growth of Christ’s disciples. Just as infants grow mature to become responsible adults, we must mature spiritually and become responsible disciples making disciples.

Christ our Lord expects us to make disciples.

He has already prepared someone for you to disciple.

So, keep praying that you may identify your potential disciple.

Seek empowerment of Christ’s Spirit. He will inspire and help you know the right timing when to testify about Him and identify the right person to disciple.

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